Trevor Noah steps in as host of ‘Daily Show’ on Monday night

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Entertainment News: Trevor Noah nervous and excited, Joy of Jazz in photos.

Just days before he takes over the “The Daily Show” anchor chair from Jon Stewart, TV’s toughest act to follow, Noah is willing to acknowledge “it isn’t easy to reboot and recreate a new show from an old show in just five weeks.” Which he has been obliged to do, stepping in as host on Monday at 11 p.m. Noah’s first ever show as the host of the late night satirical programme will air in the United States on September 28 at 11pm and in South Africa on September 29 at 9pm on Comedy Central.

While there is much reason to hope that Noah will bring a fresh perspective, it would be a mistake to miss the very real ways that Noah’s leadership is likely to significantly change the show. Noah, of course, is the 31-year-old South African comedian who until his ascension few had heard of, apart from a worldwide fan base including 2.6 million Twitter followers who flocked to his shows from Sydney to Dubai … and also, notably, Jon Stewart, who admired his work and reached out several years ago for a meet-and-greet.

Vanity Fair and Condé Nast Entertainment attempt to answer this very question in a very specific way. “Stewart was known for being an expert pen flipper. Even though Comedy Central has pushed a few promos that suggest the show will be the same, but different, it’s more likely to be mostly different and a little the same. The test show, which took place last week, featured events of the day, in-studio and field segments with Daily Show correspondents and interviews with cultural and political individuals, New York Times reported. Many have asked me if I will be able to re-create that magic,” says Noah. “I doubt it, but I’m always up for a challenge.” See how he fares in the video, above.

He jests from the standpoint of someone born to a black mother and a white father 10 years before apartheid ended (“I was born a crime,” he sums up) whose mother had to walk ahead of him as a toddler, pretending not to know him if she saw the police. “I come from a crazy place,” he says. “When I was 25, my mother was shot in the head by my stepfather, an abusive alcoholic. The format of the show hasn’t changed, but Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless explained that the show would now focus on building a strong presence on various social media platforms, USA Today reported. While Noah has since distanced himself from that sort of humor, and while he may well mature in terms of his comedy, it’s important to consider the fact that he comes into this job with virtually no history of political humor. From the beginning, he joked about things that were on his mind, but even when they touched on painful social issues he was never fueled by anger, he insists.

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz came to a close on September 26 with artists Simphiwe Dana, Lee Oskar, Peabo Bryson and Ray Phiri with Stimela on stage. Think about his Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall, his advocacy for a bill to support 9/11 First Responders, his fight for healthcare for our vets, and his takedown of “Crossfire.” These were all moments when he stepped outside of his role as host and worked to make our democracy stronger.

Her third studio album and latest offering, titled Country Girl, was released on September 25 and soon went gold in 24 hours, selling 20 000 copies, Drum magazine reported. I see a lot of hope. “It’s often difficult to see progress when you look at it one day at a time,” he muses. “Like with a workout regime: Take a picture today, then take another picture not tomorrow or the next day, but after six or eight weeks. This time around the afrosoul star stuck with a winning formula that includes working with music producer Robbie Malinga, who has worked with singers such as Kelly Khumalo and Naima Kay. Mkutukana’s 13-track album features a couple of love songs, which are probably inspired by her current relationship status, “happy and in love”.

In fact, Gawker and Buzzfeed could be considered helpful correctives to Fox News, so it is hard to see what sort of productive comedic angle Noah will pursue by covering them. If Noah had said he planned to target Breitbart, The Blaze, NewsBusters or any of the other on-line Fox News-friendly media sources, then we might have been encouraged that he was opening the field but staying true to the concept. Actor Menzi Ngubane tied the knot with his ex-girlfriend and now wife Sikelelo Sishuba in a traditional wedding in the West Rand over the weekend, Sunday World reported. When he interviews Chris Christie later this week, we will get our first real glimpse of how he plans to address U.S. politics, but thus far his jokes have mostly been confined to his not understanding the U.S. system.

But things have since turned around – he underwent a kidney transplant in 2014, which improved his health and he joined the cast of eTV’s drama series, Ashes to Ashes. Reality star and momager Kris Jenner (59) couldn’t fight the tears back while she was going through her ex-husband Bruce Jenner’s old clothes on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. While the two went head to head multiple times, the debate was a perfect place for Stewart to develop his theory of “Bullshit Mountain.”For Stewart “Bullshit Mountain” referred to the aggressive and delusional conservative rhetoric that aims to destroy political compromise and divide the nation. The pair has two daughters together, Kylie and Kendall. “It makes me really sad,’ Jenner tells her daughter Kim, while she wiped the tears from her eyes. “I think going through something like this is difficult because the whole thing is something I’ve never dealt with before and I realise that I still have a long way to go before I can process all of this and understand it.

But he also did this using satire – a special form of comedy that depends on getting the audience to think critically about the status quo while laughing. When asked by Stephen Colbert about whether his outsider status would affect his ability to be a U.S. based comedian, Noah joked that he could make a joke about city potholes as well as any New Yorker. Such jokes are an example of the low hanging fruit of comedy, and they have little, if anything, in common with the political satire that framed Stewart’s show. One encouraging factor is that Noah won’t be alone: He still has “The Best F#@king News Team Ever.” While there will be three new additions to the team, many familiar faces will still be there, including Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Schaal. In one promo he and his staff debated the correct pronunciation of “Zebra” – a move that reinforced the idea that they speak different “languages.” So despite Noah’s assurance in the promo that “it’s still ‘The Daily Show” and nothing’s gonna change,” there is clear evidence that there is plenty of change to come.

It’s worth remembering that Stewart himself started out slow, as he moved “The Daily Show” away from the frivolous comedy that was common under host Craig Kilborn. All signs suggest, though, that Noah may well be more like a combination of Kilborn and Fallon since we have yet to see him offer us comedy that is even a distant cousin to Stewart’s satire.

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